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Stringed Instruments

 

Sitar

 

The sitar is built from a dried gourd and a hollow fingerboard. Twenty curved movable frets are then tied to the fingerboard. It is played with a metallic pick (mizrab) fastened to the right index finger.

It has two string levels, the upper one having seven strings, five being for the melody and two for the rhythmic accompaniment. Below these rest another thirteen, tuned to the raga being played, that vibrate sympathetically when the upper-level strings are picked. This phenomenon adds a lot of depth to the sitar's sound.

 

If you wish to take lessons of this instrument, please send mail to sitar@sargam.com.ar.